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michael kehoe and captain joe rios arrived at sandy hook elementary within minutes of the call. >> we needed to break into the school to get in because the back doors are secured. >> reporter: how did you get it open? >> broke out the window. >> reporter: it was quiet, and the halls were empty. chief kehoe searched sandy hook elementary room by room. >> with the rooms locked, that means the teachers had done their job, locked their doors and hid their children from danger. so we went around the building to the front of the building. >> reporter: tell me about that. >> there was a very tragic observation on all parts because then you could see the carnage that was present. >> reporter: when you saw what was in that classroom, what went through your mind? >> i was devastated, absolutely devastated. i had no words. i felt a little bit of anger towards the person who had done this. >> reporter: did you think there was anyone there to save? >> no. >> reporter: as a first responder, how do you deal with that? >> well, you feel a sense of guilt that you weren't there quick enough to do that.
received some early christmas gifts. >>> a charity started after super storm sandy and they are now handing out toys. >> reporter: a restaurant turned into a christmas wonder land for hundreds of kids still without a permanent home after super storm sandy. >> there was food, soda and finally presents. >> reporter: sandy flooded 10- year-old matthew's basement destroying most of his toys. matthew a mom says the cost of rebuilding threatened to wipe out christ mas. >> trying to give them things. people who donated gifts have been awesome. >> reporter: joy wong started this gift-giving charity after helping clean up a friend's basement. >> her son saw us throwing out his toys and not understanding what he might have done to have all of his toys thrown out. >> reporter: secret sanda allowed donors to make sure the magic of christmas was not lost this year. >> they received enough to fulfill 2,000 of sandy's youngest victims. some got their gifts here at it this christmas party. >> reporter: christmas will not be the same now that his family lives in a small apartment. >> we used to
effected by hurricane sandy. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, with just one full day left before christmas. people are taking care of last minute gifts for frie and even themsel >>> shoppers are hitting the stores for their final punches with one full day before christmas. people are taking care of last- minute gifts for friends, family and themselves. shoppers tell us some deals are too good to pass up. >> it was like i was not going to buy for people and then i came out and there were sales so i thought, why not. >> more retailers looked like they hired more people just to make sure. >> retailers are add more employees and hours to meet the needs of shoppers, macy's, toys r us and target will be open until midnight tonight to help with the last-minute rush. >>> meanwhile, sat some shops, shoppers enjoyed complementary giftwrapping thanks to volunteers from a middle school. parents and students played santa elves hoping to raise donations for the band program. >>>it is not secis sec-- secret santa but secret sandy. >>> and in every life a little rain must fall. this is ridiculous. we will have the forecast
hollywood's biggest stars weigh in on the gun debate. >> for the children of sandy hook. >> demand a plan. >> no more listening. >> their very public appeal to prevent another school tragedy. >> plus demonstrators in the bay area perform a visual protest against gun violence. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, school shooting. in ogden utah, family, f >>> three more funerals today for victims of the connecticut school shooting in ogden, utah they attended services for emily parker. he expressed no animosity toward the gunman. funerals also held in connecticut for 7-year-old josephine gay and 6-year-old an ma marquez green. some of hollywood's biggest celebrities are putting their faces and feelings into public service announcements to end gun violence. >> as a human being. >> for the children of sandy hook. >> demand a plan. >> no more lists of names. it's not too soon. >> it's too late. >> now is the time. >> before we all know someone who loved someone on that list. >> the demand a plan campaign came just hours after the nra news conference subjected arms guards in every american school. it's part of the l
it was hurricane sandy, the need to spend on the home; whether it was the tragedy in connecticut, and took away the feel-good factor-- it was a confluence of events that led to a "should have been better" holiday season. >> reporter: a big part of the problem was in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of country's retail sales take place. holiday spending priorities shifted after hurricane sandy as homeowners focused more on repairs than on gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the so-called fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs
but couldn't manage to go to a toy store. visions of the sandy hook elementary school were in her head. >> i couldn't take the shopping and seeing all the little kids 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, particularly saddens me. >> reporter: she bought gift cards instead and none of the streaks stuff she might have found being in -- none of the extra stuff she might have been found being in stores. december retail is a bummer in the news and stores. >> this is not at all a good holiday season for the retailer. >> reporter: it could have been for the customer. >> 495. our price is 179 and an additional 10% now. >> reporter: and no one is buying it? >> not yet. >> reporter: this shop slashed prices as retailers did all over the country. still, it was not a good christmas for her nor most others. >> it started out already. and it just dropped off about a week ago. >> reporter: that's when it should have been booming. as it turned out this was the worst season since the country was mired in recession 2008. sales were up fractionally. expectations were up 3 to 4%. >> the controversy around this "fiscal clif
continues. the police officers who responded to radio calls about a gunman inside sandy hook elementary school described what happened. >> approaching the scene, there were approximately six children that were running from the scene, which added to our knowledge that, yes, this is real. >> reporter: first responders arrived within minutes of the 911 call that came in the morning of december 14. officers say they broke windows to get inside to search for the shooter. >> i heard the gunfire and i went towards it. >> reporter: investigators say the gunman, adam lanza, shot himself when he heard police coming. police chief michael keho says it was a horrific scene when he reached the part of the school where 20 first graders and six adults were shot and killed. >> i was devastated. absolutely devastated. i had no words. >> reporter: he says it was clear no one in the classroom could be saved. >> you feel a sense of guilt in that you weren't there quick enough to do that. but i also know that our response stopped that threat, and he could not proceed any further. >> reporter: newtown police
. among them superstorm sandy, hurricane isaac and the colorado theater shooting. the red cross says sandy was their biggest response in five years. this year the red cross opened more than 900 shelters and helped more than 100,000 people and the sandy hook school shooting in connecticut was not included in that report. >>> on a much nicer note, we are going to see the sunshine today according to brian. >> well, that's the theory anyway. we're starting out -- we're starting out with mostly cloudy skies. there's so much moisture out there that, you know, it'll take a little bit today for it to clear. but after that we should glimpse the sun here and there. let's look at the doppler again really quickly just to set everything up. we had some showers move in over the bay area last night, didn't dump much, a couple 10ths inches of rain. in the south bay we see an echo or two and that's about it. so out the door this morning, we have clouds, a little bit of drizzle around the coast of the bay. inland just mostly cloudy skies. and toward midday the sun should come out. as you can see the sky li
damaged or destroyed by hurricane sandy. >> one mother said the cost of rebuilding threatened to wipe out her family's entire christmas. >> the people who donated gifts have been awesome. >>> a charity known as secret sandy will collect donations all yearlong to benefit kids hard hit in that area. >>> time now is 4:44. >> there we go. >> i love the surfing. ride along with the bowling turkeys for thanksgiving. some of those great stories we have. >>> around the bay area, finally catching a bit of a break, what a stormy weekend we had, fierce storms pounding the bay area. unbelievable the past 24 hours. some of the mountain tops over 5 inches of rain. still worried about the possibility of flooding. things beginning to settle down. checking out our high-deaf radar. the storm system really beginning to wind down. looks like it will come to an end this morning. then through the day today, not a bad day. some cool temperatures outside. another storm headed our way. can you believe it? for christmas day, doesn't look as fierce as the storm that moved through. for the russian river in gu ernvil
for the victims im the newtown tragedy. 20 students and six adults were 20 studeen days ago at sandy aok elementary school. the shooting only stopped when the s first responders arrived and the gunman, adam lanza, committed suicide. elaine quijano sat down with some of the first police ijanoers on the scene. >> we were going as fast as we have ever driven, any of us. and we were running for that building. >> reporter: what did you see? what did you hear? >> i -- i could hear shots. ep reporter: officer michael mcgowan entered sandy hook elementary with sergeant david enllgren and officer liam seabrook. seabrook knocked out the glass on a locked rear door so the officers could get inside. >> we were moving down the hallway and we don't hea >>> the officer knocked out the glass at sandy hook so the other officers could get merchandise. >> we didn't see or hear anything. >> we could basically just smell gun powder. >> at what point did you realize what you were dealing with? >> immediately. once i got there i myself knew pretty much what was going on. we didn't have specific details yet. it
sandy victims didn't have a home, but thanks to volunteers some families are back home just in time for christmas. cbs reporter adrianna diaz has more. >> reporter: these twins are days from their first birthday and hours from their first christmas. who firsts, parents joe and jennifer were aparade they wouldn't celebrate at home. >> i didn't think it was possible. >> they bought their waterfront home a year ago but sandy ruined it. >> our walkway was two properties over, backwards, upside down. >> reporter: insurance isn't covering all the repairs and joe and jennifer drained their life savings trying to get pregnant. they lucked out with the twins, but that meant there was little left for the house. >> a volunteer 24 agency stepped in to help. they rebuild communities around the country in the wake of disasters. >> we figured if we could start with families like joe and jen lane and put them bark then the whole community will benefit. >> joe is a new york city police detective who spent months at the world trade center site. new york says they spent 50 to $60,000 rebuilding his ho
for sandy, that's part of the discretionary spending. >> and part of this is a snowball, right, so the cuts take place, they have their effect but they dampen consumer confidence. >> that's right. >> people are less confident, they spend less and hurts the economy more. >> if you look at what happened last year with the debt wrangling in august of 2011, consumer confidence dipped 30% and that was without the worry over tax hikes. >> even if it's not clear exactly what's going to happen in the fiscal cliff i'm hearing from retailers, they're saying we're feeling this. holiday sales were dampened by it, what happened next year as far as business hiring could be dampened as well. >> retail stocks are down. the stock market has been jittery and business is extremely worried. >> any silver lining at all? some good news? >> one silver lining if we go over the cliff it's possible that will create a political reset that will change the terms of debate and really focus things and get a deal done fingers crossed. >> part of that deal also another thing i hear from businesses
of the elementary school. >> officer leonard penna led two others into sandy hook elementary school minutes after the call went out. >> when i saw that officer penna had a rifle kind of told him, you're in front, buddy. and the heroism that he displayed just to get in front of us -- >> the gun powder smoke in there is nothing that i ever want to smell again because it was just overwhelming overwhelming. >> what were you hearing at that point? >> silence. normally there's noise. >> the quiet was deafening. every second seemed like an hour. i've never experienced fear like that ever. i mean it was free falling almost. >> the officers made their way through the kitchen and into the lobby. >> that's when my world came crashing in on me because i saw the victims there, and i knew there was -- this wasn't a joke. this wasn't -- this was real and we had somebody that was murdering people in there. we knew that we couldn't help them because they were beyond that. you just want it to be fake. your mind keeps telling you that this is not real. >> what's been the hardest part of this for s
killed at the sandy hook elementary school. nearby, the mood was somber too, as more wakes and funerals were held for the victims. meanwhile in washington the nra made its first public response since the tragedy. nra's president wayne lapierre spoke. he argued for the presence of armed guards in every american school. >> we need to have every single school in american immediately deploy a protection program, proven to work. and by that, i mean armed security. >> reporter: he took. >> questions from reporters and was interrupted twice by protesters. >> nra, stop killing our children. >> nra has blood on its hands! >> reporter: here in newtown, lapierre's suggestion of armed guards in school was mixed. andre's third grade sun survived the sandy hook shooting. >> there are people i'm sure who will say let's put more policemen in our school or put bulletproof doors and windows in our schools. what they could tell them would be do you want to have a shoot-out like ok corral. >> desiree's granddaughter also survived the shooting. she said the nra is on the right tra
.3%. they just cut that number to two 1/2%. analysts say the aftermath of super storm sandy and newtown connecticut shootings and possibility of higher taxes have people watching the bottom line, but here in the bay area consumer spending is following the normal trend. >> we had a spike black friday, a strong first two weeks of december, then it kind of let off and now it's back with a furry. >>reporter: a fury they hope translates to higher sales and holiday smiles. retailers count on the holiday shopping season for about 40% of yearly sales. >>> carolers in san francisco this morning. the they're collecting toys for children across the bay area. among the special appearances, the giant's world series trophy, santa, and the mayor. >> it's a great way to start christmas eve and wishing everyone a really merry christmas. >> you don't even have to go to the union square restaurant to donate. cabs are on call. just call them and they'll come to you and pick up donations. >>> how an emergency response falls into a deadly ambush. >>> how food allergies can lead to other problems at school. >
". funeral and memorial services for the 26 children and adults killed by a gunman at the sandy hook elementary school are coming to an end. services for two of the first graders were held yesterday in connecticut. another memorial service was held in utah. officials say newtown, connecticut, is being inundated with gifts from around the world. in fact, they say the donations, including some 60,000 teddy bears-- are simply too much for the town to handle, they're suggesting gifts for organization serving needy children elsewhere. hawaiians are paying their last respects to senator daniel inouye in honolulu. funeral services will be held later today. the president and first lady michelle obama, now vacationing in hawaii are expected to attend. in japt, the ruling muslim brotherhood government says a proposed islamist-backed constitution has been approved by voters. in new delhi, police used water cannons for a second day to break up protests over the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old woman on a bus last weekend. the protesters are demanding the death penalty for all six suspects
are hanging near sandy hook t allntary. a candlelight vigil is scheduled to last all day today. h6 candles-- one for each victim shot at the school. volunteers are taking three-hour shifts to make sure the flames don't go out. ye're now one week away from the so-called fiscal cliff. heven days for the white house and congressional leaders to reach a budget deal to avoid tax increases for nearly every american. president obama is on vacation in hawaii, and that's where we find nancy cordes tonight. nancy, what can you tell us? >> well, jim, still no conversations today between owmocrats and republicans on how to avert the fiscal cliff, which is a sure sign that the senate majority leader, harry reid, a democrat, is working on crafting legislation on his own that he would essentially dare house and senate republicans to oppose. his legislation would likely extend the bush-era tax cuts for households making less than 250,000 a year. it might also include enough short-term spending cuts to temporarily offset for, say, six or eight months, the indiscriminate across-the-board spending cuts that
adults killed at sandy hook elementary school. the gunman's mother was also killed. the scene was repeated all across the country-- including at the white house. the national rifle association broke its silence today following the newtown tragedy. the executive vice president of the n.r.a., wayne laperriere, said that schools would be safer if they were protected with guns. here's chip reid. >> reporter: wayne laperriere gave no ground to gun control advocates who want to ban assault weapons and magazines that hold more than ten rounds. instead, he shifted the focus to the n.r.a.'s plan for securing the nation's schools. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. what if when adam lanza started shooting his way into sandy hook elementary school last friday he'd been confronted by qualified armed security? i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> reporter: he lashed out at the entertainment industry for its violent movies and video game
by hurricane sandy. the 60-foot-long whale is believed to be female and was founded on wednesday. firefighters are spraying her with saltwater. marine biologists are not optimistic about the whale's chances of survival. >>> families are being allowed back into their homes in the neighborhood just outside of rochester, new york. they were forced out on christmas eve after a shooting incident that left two firefighters dead. we have new details about the gunman. >> reporter: the foundation is awe that remains of this home in webster, new york, one of seven burned on christmas eve. speng ler shot at firefighters when they arrived. off-duty policeman john ritter got there seconds after the firefighters. >> there was a lot of explosion and i looked at my windshield and there was ball it hole in front of me. he barked his car up to try to protect firefighters but spengler was able to shoot four firefighters, killing two of them. >> i'm full of many mixed emotions of, a, being here and them not being here. >> reporter: when police arrived, spengler took his life but left a note saying he planned on t
and killed 20 children and six adults at sandy hook elementary school. yesterday a bus carrying hundreds of homemade cards collected from around the state arrived in town. organizers said they want the victims' families to know they are not alone. >>> christmas celebrations are underway around the world this morning. here in new york, thousands packed st. patrick's cathedral for a midnight mass. >>> overseas, a similar scene in bethlehem where the faithful gathered in the town where tradition says jesus was born. manger square was packed with lights and decorations. at the vatican, pope benedict delivers his annual christmas day message. earlier he presided over a mass at st. peter's basilica, prayed for peace in the middle east, and talked about the need for god in a technology-driven world. we have this report. ♪ >> reporter: thousands of faithful packed st. peter's basilica as pope benedict celebrated christmas eve mass. a children's choir sang the traditional hymns, and bells tolled to mark the birthday of jesus. the pope urged followers to find room for god in a modern world fille
connecticut to raise money for the sandy hook condolence fund. letters have been coming in. there are thousands everyday from all over the world. the post master says it's hard not to cry as they sort the mail. >>> more reaction after the national rifle association spoke publicly for the first time about the school shooting. many want new legislation. as danielle nottingham tells us the head of the nra says limiting sale of weapons is not the answer. >> nra has blood on its hands! >> reporter: security guards had to remove demonstrators when the head of the nra was speaking. protesters want a ban on assault weapons like the ones used in last week's shooting in connecticut. wayne lapierre says gun control is not the answer. he believes the government should put an armed police officer at every school. >> we can immediately make america's school safer relying on the brave men and women in america's police forces. >> reporter: senator diane fine stein working on gun control legislation says nra plan won't work on its own. she points out that many schools already have armed gua
reeling from the shooting that killed 26 people at the sandy hook elementary more than a week ago. residents say it's important to still celebrate christmas. >> fortunately we have many, many kids that are still here. it's all about them and being with family. we take one hour at a time one minute at a time. >> police officers will get christmas day off to spend it with their families. officers from surrounding towns will cover the shifts. >>> 50,000 gathered to hear the pope's message today. >> dear brothers and sisters in rom experience throughout the world a happy christmas to you and your families. >> reporter: in his address he focused on the need to keep hope alive and just as he did on christmas eve he called for peace in palestine and israel and a end to the war in syria. >> i think that -- that's what he says and when he says it he is listened to by all the world leaders and also by the people on the ground. >> the pope's message was translated in to 65 languages. >>> the gown tried something a little less traditional. her she gave her holiday wishes in 3d. she sport
, light or other gadgets. >> it gain popularity following hurricane sandy enabling those without power to charge their phone without fire. it is also back ordered and comes with a ding staff gift tag for last minute holiday orders. and, finally, like a juicer but better. justed a frozen bananas and you have a healthy snack with no sugar, milk or added calories. it was a hit in the newsroom. now, it cost about 50 bucks. target stays open until 9:00. so, rush out and grab it now if you want it. >>> if the weather keeps up we will need one of those bio lights. >> reporter: we have a lot of nasty weather. calmer weather towards christmas. outside, the south bay, our view, we had a mostly sunny day. the beautiful bay bridge on christmas eve. these are your temperatures outside right now. san francisco 53. oakland 54. the rest of the bay area took the day off. you know who also is being tracked today? santa claus. you may have heard of him. he's working his way around the world. look really closely at your television screen. looks like he is now leaving western europe just dropping off som
had been sick. joseph romer and his girlfriend sandy are accused of hiding the body and cashing thousands of dollars of pension checks. >>> pg&e crews have now found the source of a gas leak in brentwood. a group of neighbors stayed awake all night though after reporting a gas smell at about 6:15 yesterday. people evacuated three houses that showed elevated gas readings on the 600 block of allbrook drive. the source of the leak remained a mystery for hours. then just after 3:00 this morning, pg&e crews finally found the source. the leak was coming from a cracked cap on the underground plastic gas main. after controlling the gas flow, crews dug a hole to squeeze it off completely. they have since fixed the cap and repairs to the street are expected to be finished sometime during the noon hour. >>> president obama called congressional leaders before he left hawaii searching for a way to avoid the "fiscal cliff." danielle nottingham is in washington where it appears little progress is being made. >> reporter: president obama and the senate cut short their holiday vacations to work
first responders are ready in a medical emergency. >> the children of sandy hook demanded the plan. >> celebrity sounding off on a school shooting. the gun control debate in newtown. plus, a bay area group working on getting those weapons off of the streets. >> and we have a lot of rain. we even have window visor is at a possible chance for thunderstorms later this morning and afternoon. a very busy high doppler. we will tell you all about it coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, is in effect for the bay ar until 1 p-m today. we may see some ated thunderstor >> arrival at the golden gate bridge. the rain is coming down, and it's windy. a wind advisory in effect for the bay area. right now until 1:00 this afternoon. we may see isolated underscores today. more on our weather forecast in a moment. >>> a lot of criticism right now after lawmakers took off to go home for the holidays without striking a deal in the fiscal cliff. again, if there's no deal, we see painful tax hikes and massive government spending cuts after january 1st. stay with us when we checked in with san francisco mayor edley an
is the bump. what? i'll explain coming up in sports, promise. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, at sandy hook elementary. those who died were remembed today. a dozen people ed in the cold for t >>> it's been two weeks since 26 lives why taken at sandy hook elementary and those who died were remembered today. a dozen people gathered in the cold for this service. >>> if you need hope we have the story. like most of our students rising above this teenager is growing up without his parents. but wendy tokuda shows us he is getting plenty of love and guidance. >> reporter: you have to watch tony tarvaris very closely on the court to notice anything different about him. >> he is one of the top scorers in the league. he is one of the better defensive players i haved. >> reporter: he does it playing with only one hand. >> tony is one of the best basketball players i have ever coached. >> i want to show people just because they have a disability, they can do anything they further their heart to or overcome anything. >> reporter: anything like tying a shoe, lifting weights, working. doctors told him he may have be
%. superstorm sandy and the looming fiscal cliff disrupted the shopping season. >>> and if you are returning my holiday gifts, have your right and a lot of patience. usa today reports 14 of 25 on-line retailers in one study are issuing refunds slower than last year. for in-store returns some retailers have shortened return windows and are charging restocking fees, especially for technology. >> thanks. >>> straight ahead on your morning wednesday news, weather is coming up, and lebron james takes it to the oklahoma city thunder in a rematch of the nba final. aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ ♪ i got it made, i got it made ♪ ♪ i got it made fresh at subway ♪ ♪ breakfast made the way i say ♪ [ male announcer ] at subway, you got it made. try a steak, egg white & cheese, tricked out any way you want. subway. eat fresh. but the acidic levels in some foods can cause acid erosion.
through the clinton foundation sandy recovery. > recovery. >> schieffer: what is she going to do? is she going to run for something, too? >> a lot of democrats hoped she would run fair congressional seat. we're told that's not the case. but she'll be out there sort of as the clinton face, as-- >> this lack of disclosure i think is trouble responsible i really do think there should be more information, more data, more disclosure about what happened and when it happened and some ability to question those who are treating her. she's a very important government official-- >> she's a clinton. >> from her own perspective if she has a political future, i think this ends her reign-- to pick up mike's point-- in an uncomfortable way. there's a lack of disclosure i think the public looks at and it raises unnecessary questions. >> that isn't to say-- we do get some readouts on our schedule purpose we were told she was placing calls responding to the north korean firing. she's montort syrian crisis. >> schieffer: as far as we know she's working from home. >> she is working from home, and not keeping
billion aid package for victims of hurricane sandy. the democratic backed measure passed on a 62-32 vote on friday. the bill face answer uncertain future, however, in the house where republican leaders appear to be reluctant to move on a big spending bill until a fiscal cliff issue has been resolved. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is still in intensive care this morning. he's being treated for a fever following a bronc kai it is-related cough. a spokesman for family says he continues to improve and the doctors are cautiously optimistic about his recovery. he's been hospitalized for one month. he's 88 years old and is the nation's oldest living former president. >>> it's about 18 minutes after the hour. here's a look at the weather for your weekend. >>> the new year is almost here but the 2012 holiday shopping season if you can believe it, is still in full swing. so how have retailers done? well it'd hard to say. one study found that foot traffic in brick and mortar stores was down this year by more than 3%. but another said that before christmas holiday
%. experts blamed superstorm sandy and the looming "fiscal cliff" for disrupting shopping. back to you. >> thank you, erica ferrari in new york. >>> and -- >> and -- >> go ahead. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace, weakest in four years. mastercard reports the sales in the two months before increased just .7% over last year. >>> new evidence that the bay area job market is in recovery mode right now. a new check of the numbers finds the boom that began in the silicon valley tech sector is broaden. the "oakland tribune" found construction was the fastest growing industry in the bay area just over the last year and there's also growth in retail, wholesale trade, manufacturing, and hospitality businesses. >>> college graduates are struggling to find jobs in their chosen career paths. as cbs 5 reporter grace lee reports, the number of young california grads working in restaurant or retail has doubled in the last five years. >> reporter: when you're shopping this holiday season, or eating out, take a look around. you might notice i lot more people under 30 working those jobs. according t
't manage to go to a toy store. visions of the sandy hook elementary school massacre were in her head. >> i couldn't take the shopping and seeing all the little kids 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, particularly saddens me. >> reporter: she bought gift cards instead and none of the extra stuff she might have been found being in stores. december retail is a bummer in the news and stores. >> this is not at all a good holiday season for the retailer. >> reporter: it could have been for the customer. >> 495. our price is 179 and an additional 10% now. >> reporter: and no one is buying it? >> not yet. >> reporter: this shop slashed prices as retailers did all over the country. still, it was not a good christmas for her nor most others. >> it started out all right and it just dropped off about a week ago. >> reporter: that's when it should have been booming. as it turned out this was the worst season since the country was mired in recession 2008. sales were up fractionally. expectations were up 3 to 4%. >> the controversy around this "fiscal cliff" kicked in and people started feeling more fearful, cons
around brooklyn donating toys to people who were displaced by sandy. >> i can't imagine how that would have been. if somebody took their toys away. >> reporter: he give present to about 150 kids. friends and volunteers donated thousands more. the toys will be delivered every day until the new year. >>> lots of homes were full of cheer and celebration today. if you are counting your blessings, keep in mind that not everyone is as fortunate. >> clothing, food, toys for the kids. we have volunteers that come out, wrap the toys. so we work nonstop hours. we have volunteers that cook the food >> reporter: hundreds of people showed up. each family getting bags of goodies worth about $100. >> stop. get back to work. >> reporter: these presents are all donated, all acourting to age. one-year-old, four-year-old, seven-year-old, everybody gets a present. >> reporter: in the next room, something for the adults, clothes that have been donated and cleaned, ready to wear. >> i got two pea coats, leather shoes a back pack. >> reporter: and food. >> turkey, macaroni and cheese, pie. >> are there usual
heats up in the wake of the sandy hook shooting. gun rights advocates push back to restrict firearm sales. >> it's not going the make any kid safer. we've got to get to the real problem, the real causes, and that's what the nra is trying to do. >>> and thousands raise their voice in celebration of the holiday season. ♪ captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning
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